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Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is out!

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Robotech_MasterPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
08:38 PM ET (US)
OK, I've just spent a couple of hours converting the text format into Palm Reader format—readable on Palm, PocketPC, Windows, Mac, or Linux (with Wine) systems with their free reader software. Since in so doing I may have created a derivative work, I figured the best thing to do with it was send it directly to Cory so that he could put it up if he feels it is worthy.
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Cowboy XPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
07:06 PM ET (US)
OK, HTML version cut up by-chapter: ZIP and StuffIt.

Read it on the Sidekick last night, tres yes. Definitely will buy a copy.
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Zed LopezPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
03:26 PM ET (US)
Congrats, Cory! I'll be hitting Other Change of Hobbit for it this weekend!
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Jere ChandlerPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
03:04 PM ET (US)
Cory -- I've been reading your blog every day for the past few weeks, and I can't wait to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed "0wnz0red," and the cover graphic alone made me anxious to read "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom." Thanks for sharing your work (you get major Whuffie for that). I'll be ordering a copy from Amazon very soon.
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Robotech_MasterPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
02:32 PM ET (US)
Definitely cool, Cory! I bet you're gonna find the same thing Baen did when they released so many of their books--and then an entire CD-ROM of books--for free. Their gross sales went up by 50%, and their overall sell-through went up, too. I just bet this book is gonna be a great success.
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Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
01:04 PM ET (US)
Nyahhh, rotten kids and their newfangled gajjits!

I'm gonna buy a paper copy and read it that way.
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Cory DoctorowPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
11:48 AM ET (US)
G'head and post the cut-up version, but may I suggest emailing it to your sidekick to convince the device to store it.

Thanks all for the warm words!
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Denise CzajaPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
11:27 AM ET (US)
w00t! congratulations, cory. i can't wait to finish reading it.
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ChakaToddPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
10:08 AM ET (US)
Just this morning I was trying to decide what book to bring on my trip to Mexico. My new copy of White Light? No. Something that can be shoved in my pack, ground into the sand, absorb salt air and tequila. I just printed the PDF version! When I get back I can buy the real object and put it on my bookshelf with all my other pristinely maintained little treasures. Thanks Cory!
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CraniacPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
09:05 AM ET (US)
Oh thanks a lot. It's not like I have my own writing deadlines. There goes at least two hours while I convert it to my palm.

Just curious, but what was the timeline from completion of the novel to paper printing?
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BryantPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
07:47 AM ET (US)
You rock! Congrats! I will get absolutely no work at all done today, I can tell.
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senorPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
07:00 AM ET (US)
I just finished reading the HTML version in one sitting. It was excellent. I've never actually read a book in one sitting before, but every paragraph compelled me to continue. I really hope this novel does well for you Cory, I plan to pick up a copy tomorrow.

[EDIT: On reading the list of meatspace booksellers, er, bookseller, in the US carrying the novel, I plan to visit my local store tomorrow, and if they don't have it, convince them to order it :) ]
Edited 01-09-2003 07:04 AM
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Dr GooglePerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
06:51 AM ET (US)
How did you manage to get the publisher to agree to allowing you to post the text on your website? I didn't think there were any enlightened publishers out there. I for one would buy the book if what I read was entertaining.

I definitely enjoyed the short story that you wrote that was featured on Salon.com.
Edited 01-09-2003 06:51 AM
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Cowboy XPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
05:23 AM ET (US)
Speaking of Sidekicks, I'm planning on reading Kingdom on my Danger Sidekick, but since I don't plan on downloading a 1 meg file* every time I want to sit down and read a chapter, I've made a "cut up" version of the HTML version. It retains all of formatting and code of the original (which was perfectly written in standards-compliant XHTML -- nice!), just chopped up by chapter.

Cory, do you want a copy for Craphound? And did I just break the Derivative Works clause? If not, I'll post a link here.

*actually, it downloads to a Sidekick in about a minute, not bad at all... but sometimes service is spotty, and there's no way to bookmark what page you're on, etc...
Edited 01-09-2003 05:24 AM
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rustyPerson was signed in when posted
01-09-2003
04:36 AM ET (US)
Congrats, Cory! Let's hope there's a little money in writing science fiction after all. ;-)

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